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October 6, 2017: Lawrence History Center elects new board president, prepares for its 40th anniversary in 2018

October 6, 2017


Contact(s): Susan Grabski, Executive Director, Lawrence History Center, 978-686-9230

Lawrence History Center elects new board president, prepares for its 40th anniversary in 2018

mhearnLawrence, MA – On October 4, 2017 at their 39th Annual Meeting, the membership of the Lawrence History Center elected a new board president to lead the organization. Mike Hearn, Director of Library Services at Northern Essex Community College in Lawrence and Haverhill, will succeed Pamela Yameen who has served in this leadership role for the last 12 years.

Hearn’s affiliation with the organization began back in 2002 when he wrote the finding aid for the LHC’S largest individual collection, the Records of the Essex Company. He went on to write the book, The History of the Essex Company, which was published in 2014. A year later, he joined the LHC board as a member moving quickly into the role of 2nd Vice President in 2016.

"I look forward to my new role as the board president of the Lawrence History Center and continuing the efforts of Pamela Yameen to further strengthen and grow the organization,” Hearn says. “Pamela Yameen has guided the Lawrence History Center through many changes and developments, and can rightfully take significant credit for the position the LHC currently finds itself in. Through her steady advice and oversight, the LHC has grown into a stronger and more impactful organization. It has become a cultural fixture for the Lawrence community, and is positioned to expand its impact going forward. The Greater Lawrence area is indebted to her dedication and commitment.”

Yameen, who will assume the immediate past president position, says, “I have great respect for my fellow board members, staff, and volunteers for their continued efforts. She holds her successor, Mike Hearn, in high regard – confident in his ability to lead the 2017-2018 board of directors and LHC forward as its 40th anniversary approaches in 2018.”

A tribute was made to honor not only Yameen’s leadership as president, but also her service to the organization that has spanned four decades. She received a proclamation from the Office of Mayor Rivera, a Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition from the Office of Congresswoman Niki Tsongas, and written sentiments from colleagues across the years (Please click here for a summary of Pamela’s service at LHC and sentiments).

The daughter of LHC founder Eartha Dengler, Claudia Dengler, sent the following video remarks:

Tribute to Pamela Yameen from LawrenceHistoryCenter on Vimeo.

More about the Lawrence History Center board of directors, 2017-2018, may be found at


The Lawrence History Center was founded in 1978 as the Immigrant City Archives by German immigrant Eartha Dengler. The organization’s mission is to collect, preserve, share, and animate the history and heritage of Lawrence, Massachusetts and its people. The archive is located at 6 Essex Street, Lawrence, Massachusetts in the former Essex Company complex – a site built in 1883 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places.